How Much Does It Cost to Build a Modular Home?

Here at Green Diamond Builders, Inc., one of the first things prospective buyers ask about is the modular home cost. While this might appear to be a relatively straightforward question, the answer isn’t so simple. The average cost of modular homes can vary widely based on factors such as square footage, floor plan and, of course, location. Depending on your choices, the price of a modular home could range from $100,000 to more than $1 million.

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How Much Are Modular Homes Per Square Foot?

Typically, square footage serves as the basis for the cost of a modular home. The square footage price is a function of the floor plan and includes known items such as the number of windows, amount of materials needed to construct the home and the linear footage of the kitchen cabinets. Thus, the cost of a two-story house will be higher than that of a ranch home with the same square footage.

The base price will also include “necessities” like excavation costs, permits, utilities and so forth. Depending on the floor plan you choose and the builder, you could pay as little as $50 to more than $250 per square foot. If you decide to modify the floor plan and add square footage, the builder will recalculate the price to account for the additional materials.

Are Modular Homes Cheaper Than “Traditional” Homes?

Buyers also want to compare prices between modular and traditional homes that are constructed on-site. According to, a modular home typically costs 10 to 20 percent less than a stick-built home. However, this will vary widely in different geographic regions. As mentioned, modular home cost per square foot can range from $50 to $250, while a traditional home can run from $150 to $250 per square foot.

The “Added Value” of Purchasing a Modular Home

There are other ways you could save money when buying a modular home, too. For example, with stick-built dwellings, the entire construction process takes place on-site and can take anywhere from six to nine months. In contrast, modular homes feature components that are built in a factory-controlled environment and delivered to the site for final assembly. The entire process usually takes only 90 to 120 days.

A shorter completion time often results in a lower overall project price for the buyer. Material costs can be up to 10 percent less for a modular home, as the tightly controlled factory method minimizes waste. There is also a reduced risk of damage to lumber caused by exposure to the elements during the construction process. Plus, the shortened timeframe leads to lower labor costs than stick-built projects.

Contact Green Diamond Builders to Learn More About Modular Home Costs in DE and MD

As a leading modular home builder in Delaware and Maryland, Green Diamond Builders can handle every aspect of your construction project. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of living in a beautiful modular home. We also invite you to stop by and take a look at our model home.

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